Records the Baltimore Orioles Are Threatening to Break in 2013
Obviously, the Orioles' goal this season is to make history and win the World Series. Still, history could, and probably will, be made regardless.
Year in and year out, major league records are broken and this year is no different. Following are the records that the Orioles are threatening to break this season.
All records are provided by Baseball-Reference.com.
Team records only include those set since 1954 and excludes any record of the St. Louis Browns.
MLB Record: Fewest Team Errors
Current Errors: 34
Projected Errors: 48
Led by Gold Glove fielders J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters, Nate McLouth, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, as well as a potential future Gold Glove-winner in Manny Machado, it's pretty safe to say that the Orioles have a fantastic defensive team.
Not only do the O's make highlight-reel plays on a daily basis, they also are perhaps one the most sure-handed teams of all-time.
The Orioles are on pace to destroy the record for fewest errors in a season by a team. The 2003 Seattle Mariners own the season record of 65 errors, set by a team that included Gold Glove fielders like Mike Cameron, Jon Olerud, Bret Boone and Ichiro Suzuki.
Team Record: Saves, Jim Johnson
Record: 51 (Jim Johnson, 2012)
Current Saves: 39
Projected Saves: 55
Other than a forgettable May in which he had four of his six blown saves on the season, Orioles' closer Jim Johnson has been solid in 2013—so solid that he's on pace to set the team record for saves that he had already broken last season.
Johnson has converted 10 straight save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 appearances. Despite the acquisition of Francisco Rodriguez, JJ's job is safe.
Team Record: Doubles, Manny Machado
Record: 56 (Brian Roberts, 2009)
Current Doubles: 40
Projected Doubles: 57
For a while, it looked as if young Manny Machado was going to break Earl Webb's 82-year-old single-season record of 67 doubles. However, after only managing to hit one double in the entire month of July, Webbs' record is probably out of reach.
Machado can still catch the Orioles' single-season record of 56 doubles, set by Brian Roberts in 2009. Machado can also set the record for most doubles for a player 21 years old or younger, which sits at 54, set by Alex Rodriguez in 1996.
There's one more Orioles' record within reach of Machado, who is on pace for 689 at-bats, a pace that would break B.J. Surhoff's record of 673 at-bats set in 1999.
Team Record: Most Pitchers Used
Record: 27 (2007, 2009, 2011)
Current Number of Pitchers Used: 25
The Orioles have used 25 different pitchers this season. However, it seems as if they are finally content with their current rotation and bullpen.
That being said, injuries still happen and trades can still be made. The Orioles still have two pitchers on their 40-man-roster who have not seen action in the majors this season in Tsuyoshi Wada and Mike Belfiore.
It wouldn't be shocking if the O's tie or surpass their record number of pitchers by the time the regular season ends.
Team Record: Multiple, Chris Davis
|Records||Home Runs||RBI||Slugging||Extra Base Hits||Strikeouts|
|Record||50 (Anderson, '96)||150 (Tejada, '04)||.646 (Gentile, '61)||92 (Anderson, '96)||196 (Reynolds,'11)|
Chris Davis is having one hell of a season.
While he slowed down a bit in July, he still has a shot to hit 60 homers and should easily surpass Brady Anderson's Orioles' record of 50 single-season home runs.
The man known as "Crush" is also on pace to set team records in slugging percentage and extra-base hits, both of which he could break easily. In addition, he has a chance to set the Orioles' RBI record of 150, held by Miguel Tejada, who put up his numbers in 2004.
There's one more record that Davis could break, although it's not necessarily a great accomplishment. Davis needs 60 more strikeouts to break Mark Reynolds' record of 196 set two years ago. Davis is currently at 137.
But hey, one bad record among four good records—I'd take it.